A DEDICATED Kidderminster volunteer will be taking on the London Marathon later this month to raise money for the charity she supports.

Faye Hopkins will be running 26 miles in the capital on April 22 and is aiming to raise much-needed funds for Wyre Forest Nightstop, which supports homeless young people in the district.

The 29-year-old health and safety adviser is a long-time volunteer at Nightstop and runs with Wyre Forest fitness company Tri-Energy Group.

Tri Energy is supporting Faye with her journey to London and have also been backing Nightstop with fun runs and proceeds from kit sales and training sessions.

Former Bewdley High School pupil Faye said she is passionate about keeping fit and wanted to use this as something to benefit her community.

She said: “I am keen to help the young people in our community and to increase understanding of the issues affecting young people who are homeless.

“Whilst I have been running and promoting Wyre Forest Nightstop people have asked me about the work of the charity and so I hope I am helping to promote them.

“People usually think homelessness affects older men and don't always realise it can happen to young people - it’s really good to raise awareness."

Judith Ford, Chief Executive of Wyre Forest Nightstop, said: “We are delighted that Faye has taken our charity place and is running the Marathon on behalf of Wyre Forest Nightstop and Axis Youth Hub.

“Monies raised will be shared between Nightstop and Axis and will go some way to funding our young person's counsellor."